Some Like it Cold: A Sheboygan Surfin' Safari

Overview

For the past six decades, twin brothers Lee and Larry Williams have been surfing the gnarliest waves despite living nearly 2,000 miles away from any ocean. To overcome the obstacles of being born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, they brought their dreams and long boards to the shores of Lake Michigan. Often braving 35-degree waters and wind-chill temperatures hovering below zero, the Williams brothers quickly realized the biggest adversaries of the "Malibu of the Midwest" weren’t the lacking waves, but rather ...

See more details below
Paperback
$13.48
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$14.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (24) from $2.20   
  • New (9) from $2.20   
  • Used (15) from $2.23   
Sending request ...

Overview

For the past six decades, twin brothers Lee and Larry Williams have been surfing the gnarliest waves despite living nearly 2,000 miles away from any ocean. To overcome the obstacles of being born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, they brought their dreams and long boards to the shores of Lake Michigan. Often braving 35-degree waters and wind-chill temperatures hovering below zero, the Williams brothers quickly realized the biggest adversaries of the "Malibu of the Midwest" weren’t the lacking waves, but rather hypothermia and frostbite. Customizing their wetsuits to allow them to last nearly three hours in even the iciest of waters, Lee and Larry helped revolutionize a surf culture where one had never been before. As hosts of the Dairyland Surf Classic, they became international surfing celebrities and attracted hundreds of surfers from around the globe eager to partake in one of America’s best beach parties. Some Like it Cold is the fascinating story of two brothers whose lifelong journey to ride the ultimate wave seemingly brought the rest of the surfing world to their hometown.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[Povletich] has obviously done his homework here, taking the time to document a couple of beautiful people with all of their quirks, backfires, joys and heartbreaks. This is an interesting, off-the-beaten path tale of a rugged coastline serving her brethren—and doing it quite well, thank you."
—Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate, Eastern Surf Magazine

“Cool story, man! A small Wisconsin city on the shore of Lake Michigan is known the world over for fresh-water surfing. Some Like It Cold tells how that happened, taking you down to Sheboygan's beaches and catching a vibe that emerged in the '60s and remains strong today. I grew up in Sheboygan, not far from the beach, and Bill Povletich's book takes me right back to that time.”
—Jeff Ash, Green Bay Press-Gazette

Some Like It Cold is a great adventure highlighting the good time years of surfing on the Great Lakes of North America. Brothers Williams are true surfers who will to do anything and suffer through all the bad stuff, surfing in really cold water and weather to feel the feeling only a surfer knows. A great read for anybody interested in the lesser known history of surfing.”
—John Lyman, Director, The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum

“Who would have ever thought that there was surfing in Wisconsin? Moreover, what drives someone to brave Lake Michigan's icy waters for the mere sport of it? In Some Like It Cold, William Povletich weaves the tapestry of a loving, yet unique relationship of two brothers, Lee and Larry Williams, and explores the fascinating culture they have created. What was most surprising to me is how much heart this story has. How do a pair of "Regular Joes" become legends? Because once again, Povletich's unique storytelling prose has struck gold!”
—Doug Russell, Sports Director, 1250 WSSP Milwaukee’s Sportsradio

"Bill Povletich’s Some Like it Cold would be fascinating if it was just about surfing in Wisconsin, of all places, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a well-told story of passion, daring, tragedy, triumph and love — a wacky love for the freshwater surf of Sheboygan and the unconditional love shared by the Williams brothers."
—Jerry Poling, author of A Summer Up North: Henry Aaron and the Legend of Eau Claire Baseball

Surfing in Wisconsin? You bet! Some Like It Cold is a story that screams to be told. The ongoing saga of brothers Larry and Lee Williams documents a near five decades deep impassioned love affair with surfing; all this amidst the uncharted wave fields of an inland ocean. Larry and Lee could have easily pulled up stakes along the way and migrated to the fertile surfing grounds of Southern California & beyond.... but they didn’t. These guys are on to something and they know it in their hearts. Follow the Williams brothers and their surfing sub-culture coterie through episodes of life's conquests and tragedies played out in America’s Heartland.
—Mark Fragale, Curator, Honolulu Surfing Museum

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578603473
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,023,891
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)